The VIPP Report: Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis dies at the age of 80

Official Congressional Photo

Rep. John Lewis

By Sherlene Shanklin

Late Friday evening, word spread quickly about the passing of Civil Rights icon and Congressman John Lewis.

The “conscious” of the U.S. Congress died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

The Freedom Rider attended Fisk University and when he was not in class he was leading demonstrations and sit-ins.

Within the last two hours the following statements were released.

Former President Barack Obama says “When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made. And through all those years, he never stopped providing wisdom and encouragement to me and Michelle and our family. We will miss him dearly.”

The Congressional Black Caucus says “The world has lost a legend; the civil rights movement has lost an icon, the City of Atlanta has lost one of its most fearless leaders, and the Congressional Black Caucus has lost our longest serving member. The Congressional Black Caucus is known as the Conscience of the Congress. John Lewis was known as the conscience of our caucus. A fighter for justice until the end, Mr. Lewis recently visited Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC. His mere presence encouraged a new generation of activist to “speak up and speak out” and get into “good trouble” to continue bending the arc toward justice and freedom.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton say “We have lost a giant.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “Today, America mourns the loss of one of the greatest heroes of American history: Congressman John Lewis, the Conscience of the Congress.

The Lewis family tried to hold the news of his passing because Dr. Martin Luther King’s lieutenant C.T. Vivian also of Atlanta, Georgia passed away earlier in the day.  Out of respect for the Vivian family they were trying to wait.

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The VIPP Report: Kentucky based DB Bourbon Candy gets “Presidential” status as they head to Washington to serve V.I.P. guests at the Congressional Black Caucus


(Louisville, KY) It’s the moment when you realize that the highest government official in the United States of America will be attending the V.I.P. reception you are sponsoring and your product and state pride begins to kick in.  DB Bourbon Candy, LLC headquartered in Frankfort, Kentucky along with Four Roses Bourbon will travel to the District of Columbia to be sponsors of the V.I.P. Reception at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner where President Barack Obama will serve as the keynote speaker.

The dinner will be held on Saturday, September 19th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. at 6:00 p.m.

DB Bourbon Candy was asked to provide 600 boxes of their delicious Four Roses Bourbon filled candy for guests to enjoy.  Dignitaries from Congress, the Senate and the President and First Lady Michelle Obama will all be in attendance.

Robyn Stuart, DB Bourbon Candy CEO says “To be in a room full of history makers proud of their accomplishments only gives me a sense of pride that I made my dream into reality. From a family tradition created to celebrate a holiday to introducing people all over the world to a Kentucky favorite.  This is the ultimate invite to be asked to be a part of such a prestigious event where our country’s head of state will be in attendance.  This is a true example that I can achieve anything”.

Prior to Saturday’s event on Wednesday, September 14th, DB Bourbon Candy will provide 200 boxes for the 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts honoring entertainment icons Cicely Tyson, Richard Roundtree and Dionne Warwick.  It takes place at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F. Street NW, Washington, D.C.

DB Bourbon Candy has participated in some of the biggest events across the U.S. from three invites to the Academy Awards, Emmys, Breeder’s Cup Taste of the World at Winstar, Chris Tucker Celebrity Golf Tournament, Barbara Streisand Fundraiser, Chris Everett Charity event, Soul Train Awards, Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame and many Kentucky Derby events like Barnstable-Brown Gala, Grand Gala and 100 Black Men of Louisville.

DB Bourbon Candy can be found in various locations throughout Kentucky in Liquor Barn and the Kroger Company. You can always visit their site at

In 2002, Stuart started her business after the passing of her mother.   During the holidays, her mother would create the delicious treat as a family tradition. Robyn wanted to honor her mother in some way so she decided to start the business and make the original candy recipe apart of her business. With the support of Four Roses and Bourbon Country as well as the many events and activities she participates in everyone loves to see the wonderful creation that she produces.  From initially starting with candy the business has grown into developing other products such as chocolate covered fruit, cheesecakes to chocolate covered popcorn.

If you would like to setup an interview and/or invite DB Bourbon to your next event, please contact Sherlene Shanklin at